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All 8th graders applying to Brophy's Class of 2022 are required to take our entrance exam. We use the High School Placement Test or “HSPT” entrance exam by Scholastic Testing Services. It is a five-part, multiple choice test of verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics, and language skills. The exam takes approximately 2 1/2 hours and contains about 300 questions designed to see how well an 8th grade student performs. In addition to the HSPT exam, students will also complete a 25-minute writing prompt on the day of the exam–it is not part of the HSPT but part of the Brophy application. Students are allowed to take the exam only once.

A COMPLETED ONLINE APPLICATION RESERVES YOUR SEAT FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAM. If you are taking the exam on Saturday, January 20, then the online application must be completed by January 19. If you are taking the exam on Saturday, January 27, then the online application must be completed by January 26. The remaining required application documents such as recommendation forms and transcripts can be turned in as late as January 31. 

If you choose to take the entrance exam at a different Catholic high school, please make sure that you include the Brophy registration code on your scantron (you will receive instructions that morning) to ensure that we receive your test results in a timely fashion. Contact the other school directly for specifics on registering for the exam and cost. 

Important Dates

January 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 29 - Personal Interviews from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

January 19, 2018 - Online application due for students taking Entrance Exam test next day


January 26, 2018 - Online application due for students taking Entrance Exam test next day

January 27, 2018

January 31, 2018 - Application materials deadline for Class of 2022

March 2, 2018 - Admissions decisions available online at 3:00 p.m.

March 23, 2018 - Deadline for registering as a new student

April 9, 2018 - World Language Proficiency Exams (Spanish and Latin)

April 10 and 12, 2018 - Math Proficiency Exams (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus)

April 19, 2018 - Follow-up Math Proficiency Exams (Geometry)

May 1, 2018 - New Student Welcome/BBQ

May 29, 2018 - Summer School Credit Classes begin

June 29, 2018 - Summer School ends

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q What are the details for testing day on Jan. 20 or Jan. 27?

    • The exam will take place in the Piper Center for Math and Science. Park in the South Parking Lot. Parents can wait in line but will not accompany them into Piper.
    • The line will form at the southwest door.
    • Check-in will begin around 7:15 a.m.
    • If you would like to bring your own pencils, make sure they are of the #2 variety, otherwise Brophy will provide pencils.
    • Dress comfortably - there is no dress code.
    • Exam takes approximately three hours.
    • A snack break is provided half-way through the exam. If your son has a food allergy, he can bring his own snack.
    • Since each of the five sections is timed, he may want to bring a book to read to keep himself busy between sections.
    • Results will be mailed AFTER admissions decisions are made in March.
  • Q When will I get the HSPT results? 

    We will mail results to families in mid to late March, after decisions are made. 
  • Q Do I have to register for the entrance exam?

    Your "ticket" to the entrance exam is a completed online application. You must complete the online application and pay the $75 fee at least one day prior to test day.
  • Q Does Brophy run out of seats/space for the Entrance Exam?

    All students who complete the online application at least one day prior to the Entrance Exam will have a seat on test day. We do not run out of room or seats on test day.
  • Q Is it better to take the Entrance Exam on the first testing date on January 20?

    Students make take the exam on either Saturday, January 20 or Saturday, January 27. The test is exactly the same (although we do change the Brophy writing prompt.) The first testing date typically attracts a slightly larger group of applicants due to sports schedules (and just wanting to get it over with!) Students are allowed to take the test ONCE.
  • Q What do I need to bring to the Entrance Exam?

    You do not need to bring anything on test day. We will provide pencils, scratch paper, and a snack. There is no dress code.
  • Q Do I have to take the test at Brophy, or can I take it at the Catholic high school closest to my house?

    All Catholic schools in Phoenix administer the same exam on the same dates and times. You need to take the exam only in one place and scores can be shared with the other schools to which you are applying. If you plan to take the exam at a different Catholic high school than Brophy, please contact them about their registration process. Each school handles it differently. 
  • Q Should my son prepare for the exam?

    Parents often call us asking us about exam preparation. Many students take the exam with no preparation as it is a standardized test designed for subject matter and skills learned by 8th graders. Some parents purchase review books that provide sample HSPT exams. There are many different books out there by the popular test review companies like Princeton Review, Barron’s, Peterson’s Publishing, Kaplan, McGraw-Hill, etc. They can all be purchased online or at local bookstores. A few students choose to take a review course provided by local commercial test preparation companies. If you would like more information, please contact our office.